Altering the Shoulders on a Jacket

A customer brought me two jackets to take in at the shoulders. Both of these jackets had shoulder pads, too, which she wanted removed. You don’t see those much anymore! She tried the jacket on and I put a pin marking the spot where she wanted the sleeve to be moved to. See the white pin…

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How To Take in a Dress with Piping

This formal dress has piping along the top edge: It has to be taken in at the bust area, which means I need to address the piping: I could take off all of the piping, make the alteration and restitch the piping down. However, that would involve taking off the hook or eye near the zipper…

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How To Put Gussets In a Dress or Top

Do you know what a gusset is? It’s an inverted triangular (or diamond shaped) piece of fabric inserted into a garment to make it fit more comfortably. If you’d like to put gussets in pants or a top that has sleeves, look at this post on How To Put Gussets in Pants or Shirts. This…

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How To Fix Boning Issues

  I’d like to address how to fix a few problems with the boning in your dress or tops. Recently, a customer tried on a dress that just didn’t seem like it fit correctly in the bust. I knew right away that it had an issue with the boning, because one side was fine and…

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How To Alter Tulle or Netting on Your Dress

This dress had two layers of satin and two outer layers of netting: so I folded up the amount needed and pinned it in place: as you can see, the amount that needs to be taken up is not even all the way around: So, I couldn’t  just cut off 2 inches. I had to…

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French Seams

I want to teach you how to alter a garment that has French Seams in it. But, first, I’d like to talk about what they are and how they are made. The French Seam is a seam that is encased within itself so that no raw edges can be seen. You’ve probably seen French Seams on many…

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How To Add a Corset Back to Your Dress…Option #2

You may have already read my post on Adding a Corset Back To Your Wedding Dress. Today I am going to show you another way to add a corset back to your dress. A customer brought me  her prom dress this week: It didn’t zip all the way up in back, so she opted for the corset…

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